Union Pearson Express On Track for 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games
Ontario Government Improving Transit, Creating 1,200 Jobs
Ontario is on track to begin construction of the Union Pearson Express station at Union Station this August, ensuring train service to and from Pearson International Airport in time for the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games.
The new station will be located in the Skywalk immediately west of the Union Station train shed, connecting travellers to the busiest transportation hub in the country while seamlessly integrating with GO Transit, TTC and VIA services already available at Union Station.
Travel time between Union Station and Pearson International Airport will be about 25 minutes, with trains departing every 15 minutes and stopping at the Bloor and Weston GO Stations.
Investing in public transit is part of the new Ontario government's plan to help reduce congestion, strengthen the economy and create jobs.
- Work already underway includes building a station at Terminal 1, constructing a three-kilometre rail line that will connect the new station at Terminal 1 to Union Station, upgrading and improving Bloor and Weston GO stations, expanding the rail line and manufacturing the vehicles.
- Construction of the entire Union Pearson Express system is creating and supporting more than 1,200 jobs.
- More than five million people travel between downtown Toronto and Pearson International Airport each year and that number is expected to reach nine million by 2020.
- Metrolinx will own and operate the Union Pearson Express. Eighteen Tier 4 clean diesel vehicles have been purchased from Sumitomo Corporation of America. These vehicles are 75 per cent cleaner than standard diesel trains and will be convertible to electric propulsion.
- Since 2003, Ontario has invested more than $16.1 billion in public transit in Ontario, including $7.7 billion in GO Transit.
“I’m pleased that we’re on track to build the Union Pearson Express in time for the 2015 Pan/ParaPan American Games. The Union Pearson Express will provide high-quality service that will transform the way we travel to and from the airport, removing an estimated 1.2 million car trips from Ontario roads in its first year of operation alone.”
“Today marks an important milestone in the Union Pearson Express project. A key element of The Big Move, Metrolinx's regional transportation plan, the Union Pearson Express remains on budget and on schedule. The service will address a significant gap in airport-to-downtown travel in Toronto”